Roman Fever

Delphin Slade Character Analysis

Mrs. Slade's late husband and Jenny Slade's father, who during his life was a corporation lawyer and, according to Mrs. Slade, a celebrity in New York society. During their marriage, Mrs. Slade acted as a powerful complement to her husband, playing host to his colleagues and accompanying him to social events that were intertwined with his professional success. This fast-paced, high-stakes social life was a source of pride and pleasure for Mrs. Slade, who feels that widowhood is dull in comparison to her married life. Mrs. Slade had been engaged to Delphin when she and Mrs. Ansley visited Rome as young women, and had felt extremely protective of her relationship with him. At the end of her conversation with Mrs. Slade, Mrs. Ansley reveals that she and Delphin had an illicit encounter at the Colosseum during their long-ago visit to Rome, which produced her daughter, Barbara.

Delphin Slade Quotes in Roman Fever

The Roman Fever quotes below are all either spoken by Delphin Slade or refer to Delphin Slade . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribner edition of Roman Fever published in 1997.
Section 1 Quotes

In living up to such a husband all her faculties had been engaged; now she had only her daughter to live up to, for the son who seemed to have inherited his father’s gifts had died suddenly in boyhood. She had fought through that agony because her husband was there, to be helped and to help; now, after the father’s death, the thought of the boy had become unbearable. There was nothing left but to mother her daughter; and dear Jenny was such a perfect daughter that she needed no excessive mothering … She wished that Jenny would fall in love—with the wrong man, even; that she might have to be watched, out-manoeuvred, rescued.

Related Characters: Alida Slade (speaker), Delphin Slade , Jenny Slade
Page Number: 8
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Section 2 Quotes

Mrs. Slade waited nervously for another word or movement. None came, and at length she broke out: “I horrify you.”
Mrs. Ansley’s hands dropped to her knees. The face they uncovered was streaked with tears. “I wasn’t thinking of you. I was thinking—it was the only letter I ever had from him!”

Related Characters: Alida Slade (speaker), Grace Ansley (speaker), Delphin Slade
Page Number: 16
Explanation and Analysis:

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“I don’t know why you should be sorry for me … After all, I had everything; I had him for twenty-five years. And you had nothing but that one letter that he didn’t write.”
Mrs. Ansley was again silent. At length she turned toward the door of the terrace. She took a step, and turned back, facing her companion.
“I had Barbara,” she said, and began to move ahead of Mrs. Slade toward the stairway.

Related Characters: Alida Slade (speaker), Grace Ansley (speaker), Delphin Slade , Barbara Ansley
Page Number: 20
Explanation and Analysis:

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Delphin Slade Character Timeline in Roman Fever

The timeline below shows where the character Delphin Slade appears in Roman Fever. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Section 1
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The Artifice of High Society Life Theme Icon
...youth. She thinks about the excitement and glamour of her life with her late husband, Delphin, a corporate lawyer and a celebrity in New York society whom she often accompanied to... (full context)
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After her life with Delphin, widowhood feels very dull to Mrs. Slade. Since her son died in childhood—a fact that... (full context)
Section 2
Competition in Female Relationships Theme Icon
Knowledge and Denial Theme Icon
...women. Mrs. Slade suggests that she was “too happy” at that time—she was engaged to Delphin—and was easily frightened as a result. She goes on to say that, though Roman Fever... (full context)
Competition in Female Relationships Theme Icon
Knowledge and Denial Theme Icon
The Artifice of High Society Life Theme Icon
...She accuses Mrs. Ansley of going to the Colosseum in response to a letter from Delphin, in which he expressed his love for her and urged her to meet him there... (full context)
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...can know what the letter said. Sneering, Mrs. Slade reveals that it was she, not Delphin, who wrote and sent the letter. Mrs. Ansley responds with a shocked silence, covering her... (full context)
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Knowledge and Denial Theme Icon
The Artifice of High Society Life Theme Icon
...her actions, Mrs. Slade explains that she knew Mrs. Ansley had been in love with Delphin, and that she wanted Mrs. Ansley “out of the way”—sick and bedridden—so that she could... (full context)
Competition in Female Relationships Theme Icon
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...enjoyed the image of Mrs. Ansley making a fool of herself as she waited for Delphin at the Colosseum. To this, Mrs. Ansley replies that she did not wait, because Delphin... (full context)
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Shocked, Mrs. Slade asks how Delphin could have known that Mrs. Ansley would be at the Colosseum, since he never saw... (full context)
Competition in Female Relationships Theme Icon
Knowledge and Denial Theme Icon
The Artifice of High Society Life Theme Icon
...her scheme with the letter went wrong, she still had twenty-five years of marriage with Delphin, while Mrs. Ansley had nothing from him except “that one letter that he didn’t write.” (full context)